Shortly after Thanksgiving last year, Google updated its Maps application, bumping its version number up to 6.0 and adding, most notably, indoor mapping. At the time it was presumed that the feature would be most useful for navigating places like major malls, airports, and similar metropolitan areas; however, Google just added a new way to use indoor mapping: finding your way around the most important tech show of the year – CES!
If there's one thing we're all fond of here at AP, it's power on-the-go. Portable chargers, extended batteries -- whatever it takes to keep our gear charged up. There's one issue with all of these options, though: they also have to be charged. Granted, once a portable charger is all juiced up it usually lasts for a while, but wouldn't it be nice to have something that practically juices itself? Enter PowerSkin's upcoming line of solar chargers.
Even though CES technically starts today, there was no shortage of announcements, unveilings, and surprise devices during yesterday's back-to-back press conferences. If you missed out on any of the action and don't have time to dig through ump-teen posts trying to find the best info, here's a quick recap of the hottest things to hit the scene.
Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE
Verizon added yet another tablet to its ever-increasing lineup: the Galaxy Tab 7.7.
Recon Instruments, creators of wearable goggle technology powered by Android called MOD Live that we got so excited about at CES 2011, have officially announced the impending release of an SDK for Android, due for launch in May 2012. Recon also announced Polar, the first app made using the SDK, that connects a Polar WearLink+ heart rate monitor to MOD Live and allows the MOD display to become a "biometric reader that delivers an athlete's heart rate in real time while they ski or snowboard."
For those not in the know, the Polar WearLink+ transmitter is essentially a Bluetooth-enabled heart monitor that can send heart rate information to a variety of compatible applications (in this case, the new Polar app).
Nvidia's CES press conference featured a few people playing Shadowgun together, which was a little puzzling, because currently that's impossible. It turns out they were showing off a new version: Shadowgun: Deadzone. The cool new thing about Deadzone, if you haven't guessed by now, is multiplayer support.
Deadzone is bringing all kinds of bells and whistles to the Shadowgun series. It supports 8 player online multiplayer, gamepads, and voice chat.
Seems Sony’s making good on its promise to keep churning out Google TV devices – in fact, the company just introduced not one, but two such gadgets.
As of now, we don’t have tech specs for either of the duo, but what we do know is what you see above: both the NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray player (on the left) and the NSZ-GS7 set-top box (on the right) look splendid, and both have seriously overcomplicated names.
We've been hearing about the Sony Nozomi for a few weeks now, and Sony just officially unveiled the device at CES. it will be known simply as the Xperia S, and shares most of the same guts as the Xperia Ion (announced earlier today), including a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 12MP Exmor R camera, NFC, and Android 2.3.x (will be upgraded to ICS). Unlike the Ion, however, the Xperia S has a smaller 4.3-inch display, though it's still rocking a 1280x720 resolution.
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang outed a new 7-inch Tegra 3 ICS tablet today for a revolutionary price - $249. While we know very little about the tablet right this moment, we do know that it was developed by ASUS and it's not the Eee Pad MeMo ME171 that was unveiled earlier today.
Apparently this device is still in its early days, as it still doesn't even have a name.
Here's a bit of news from the Nvidia's CES Press Conference. Jen-Hsun Huang, the CEO of Nvidia, announced that the Asus Transformer Prime is getting its Ice Cream Sandwich update today (January 9th, for those of you in the future).
The Transformer Prime sports an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, so Huang should have inner knowledge of the TPrime's update schedule.
Update: Due to a PR error, there was a bunch of confusion about the two 7" tablets unveiled by ASUS today. We've sorted it all out:
- The Eee Pad MeMO ME370T is powered by Tegra 3 - that's the one that was just announced by NVIDIA for $249.